The museum is housed within the 17th century, Lady Stair's House which is just off the Lawnmarket. The museum is dedicated to the lives and works ofthree of Scotland's most well known writers. They are Robert Burns (1759-96), Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94); additionally there are often some ad hoc exhibits dealing with some of Scotland's other notable and less notable writers.
The house was given to the City in 1907 by Archibald Primrose, the Earl of Rosebery. It opened as a museum in 1913, with most of the current exhibits being transferred from Huntly House in 1932. Outside the Museum is Makar's Court, which celebrates Scottish authors by having paving slabs with quotations distributed around the Courtyard.
It should be noted that at the time of the visit to this museum, there had been some discussion in the Edinburgh newspapers surrounding the fact that certain parts of the musuem are closed due to staff shortages. The council hopes to resolve this, but be aware you may not get to see all the rooms as a result of this problem. I did experience this particular issue during the visit.
We didn't have time to go in here but its worth just having a look around outside. We happened upon the museum after deciding to explore down a close that led off the Royal Mile and it opened out into the courtyard where the museum is located. Its a lovely building and we also loved all the quotes by Scots authors that are etched into the paving stones outside
This museum is devoted to three of Edinburgh's most famous authors:
Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Exhibits include portraits, manuscripts and personal items.
Admission is free.
This is a small museum honoring three famous Scottish writers--Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson--with one floor dedicated to each. The displays were interesting with great tidbits from each of their lives. But what we'll remember best about it is the older woman who watched the Stevenson display and was such a fan. She insisted that he didn't get enough credit and wanted to make sure we Americans knew that just because he had lived in America did not change the fact that he was a Scot! She will also not tolerate anyone telling her that "Treasure Island" is their favorite Stevenson work unless they are younger than 15-years old. She did give a lot of info on his life and was terrific in her pride over her fellow countryman.
Just off the Royal Mile (Lawnmarket) is the Writers’ Museum. It has exhibitions about Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, three famous Scottish writers. Displayed are many of the writers’ personal items. R.L. Stevenson’s life is also shown in several photographs.
The museum is housed in an old house built in 1622.
Opening hours are:
Monday – Saturday 10 – 17 (during Edinburgh festival also on Sunday 14 – 17)
Entrance is free
A pleasant little museum dedicated to Scottish writers, with particular attention to Burns, Scott and Stevenson. The museum itself is housed in a beautiful building worth viewing in its own right. In the nice courtyard outside if one looks to one's feet, can be found short inscriptions of Scottish writers on the paving stones.
This museum is dedicated to Edinburgh's 3 most famous writers; Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Small but worth a visit